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+ - CNet Download.com Scandal: Virus-laden Files->

Submitted by starrsoft
starrsoft (745524) writes "CNet's Download.com claims, "We test all software products submitted to us against a comprehensive set of criteria... [we screen] for common viruses and spyware... We will not list software that contains viruses, Trojan horses..." Despite this, they're hosting software with a virus circa-1999, something incredibly simple to catch. This shows their virus-screening process is totally inadequate. Also, the user-rating for this software is 1-star (with the reviews screaming "Virus!"), while CNet editors gave it a 5-star rating; apparently CNet doesn't review user-ratings or have a process to automatically flag for manual review a piece of software that gets consistent 1-star reviews"
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Comment: Re:Isn't this how capitalism works now? (Score 1) 259

by starrsoft (#30420364) Attached to: Microsoft Invents Price-Gouging the Least Influential
I just thought about it that this illustrates a benefit that selling Black Friday tech in low quantities at absurd prices brings--the Type A personalities that are most likely to influence people are also the types that will line up with sleeping bags at 6 PM the night before to get your goods, thus influencing others to buy at regular prices. Yet another example of prior art. However, I guess the supposed (and seemingly legit) unique aspect of MS' patent is using a social network to determine a person's influence rather than hand picking celebrities (sponsorship) or tailoring circumstances (Black Friday) or retroactive discounts (referral programs).

Comment: Re:Some "other" area? (Score 1) 920

by starrsoft (#30420290) Attached to: The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...
I actually had some remarkably good pizza a few weeks ago on a flight from Seoul, South Korea to Chicago on a Korean Air flight (I don't remember if we were over the Pacific or Soviet Russia atm of eating pizza, but since I ate the pizza, I guess it had to be the Pacific). So I voted "Other" because, while it wasn't the best pizza I've had, it was relatively excellent compared to my expectations, and plus that was the coolest poll option. Furthermore, a few rows in front of me was some cowboy from Texas nealing in his seat. Weird.

Comment: Re:Sensationalism ruined it for me (Score 1) 234

by starrsoft (#29919147) Attached to: Fixing Bugs, But Bypassing the Source Code

Yes. It takes us 5 seconds to an hour to actually come up with the fix, the remainder of the month is spent in bureaucratic hell - sitting in a trouble ticket queue, sitting in a verification queue, sitting in a QA manager's inbox, sitting with the communications team. Clearview, if it does what it says on the tin, only addresses the 5 second problem. Any "sane" dev shop would still run the resultant patch through the many cogs and loops of modern software management. You won't get your hole patched any quicker, you'll just have shifted the coders' attention away from your own app's bugs, and onto Clearview's bugs. Net gain: less than zero. Theoretically and conceptually, it's an interesting tool (you know, like Intercal). It just doesn't really fit in the industry, IMHO. [emphasis added]

You're missing the point. This isn't aimed at developers, it's aimed at end users.

Comment: Re:Amazon Offers Refund! (Score 1) 166

by starrsoft (#29839873) Attached to: Amazon Hobbles Features For International Kindle
The Kindle International edition was announced far before the Nook was announced. In fact, the release of the GSM Kindle was only a few days after the announcement of the Nook. So the features of the GSM Kindle were determined far before the Nook was announced. The price drop was done after the Nook was announced.

Furthermore, the article linked is only talking about the GSM Kindle in the UK. The GSM Kindle I have lets me use web surfing in the US without a problem.

Fundamentally, the issue here is not feature hobbling, it's airtime charges. At this point, Amazon seems to only be using a contract with AT&T for international roaming, which is absurdly expensive. Hopefully, Amazon will forge contracts directly with GSM providers across the globe and be able to afford to enable web surfing and book downloads without a surcharge. Right now a US-based customer can download books overseas, over-the-air for US prices, but has a $2.99 delivery surcharge because of the extra roaming charges Amazon has to pay. (Books can be downloaded to PC and loaded via USB at normal US Kindle prices.)

As it is, lifetime unlimited web surfing over US GSM & CDMA networks for the price of a device purchase is an unheard of bargain and a big profitability risk/experiment for Amazon. To do that worldwide with exorbitant roaming rates is unthinkable.

(Yes, I dislike Amazon's walled garden. Yes, I wish it was more open. Yes, I'm delighted that the Nook came out and is providing competition. But the Kindle was/is still an excellent, ground-breaking device that is setting all kinds of precedents.)

Comment: Amazon Offers Refund! (Score 5, Informative) 166

by starrsoft (#29838161) Attached to: Amazon Hobbles Features For International Kindle
Amazon sent out an email this morning to people who bought an International Kindle (mine arrived yesterday) informing them that they had dropped the price by $20 and would be applying a $20 refund to my credit card. With this kind of customer service, I buy even my groceries from Amazon these days; no need to venture outside. I suspect that this is also fighting back against the Nook.

+ - Amazon Offers Refund to Int'l Kindle Purchasers->

Submitted by starrsoft
starrsoft (745524) writes "Amazon sent out an email this morning to people who bought an International Kindle (mine arrived yesterday) informing them that they had dropped the price by $20 and would be applying a $20 refund to my credit card. With this kind of customer service, I buy even my groceries from Amazon these days; no need to venture outside. I suspect that this is also fighting back against the Nook."
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Comment: Re:But Al Gore says (Score 1) 658

by starrsoft (#27969759) Attached to: Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

It's kind of poetic how stupid you come off trying to dis on the global warming people.

1. Pretty much everyone agrees that the term global warming is bad, since what is happening is global climate change, which is very real and a very big problem.

I appreciate how you raised the level of dialogue with a carefully reasoned, logical argument backed up with facts. /sarcasm

Comment: Re:deniers come out in 3 .. 2 .. 1 .. (Score 2, Insightful) 658

by starrsoft (#27969645) Attached to: Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

I say stick to the status quo until we know we can't.

The problem with that is, what if the "oh we can't stick to the status quo" moment is actually a massive human extinction event? The risk is that the "bullet has already been fired" so to speak. It won't hit for another 50 to 100 years, but it's on the way, and it'll cause damage when it finally does hit.

And that's ultimate irony of the most hysterical proponents of human caused global warming. They believe that we're already irreversibly doomed and that no matter what economic devastation we wreak on the developing world (read: starvation exacerbation), all we will do is the equivalent of attaching a few life vests to the Titanic. So if we were to believe and heed them, what's the point?

Comment: Re:And your asking slashdot why? (Score 1) 246

by starrsoft (#26878179) Attached to: A Software License That's Libre But Not Gratis?

*ducks*

No, you mean du -cks * |sort -rn |head -11:
Mobile: EU Commissioner Wants Standard For Mobile Phone Connectors
Ask Slashdot: Does Your Vendor Issue Gag Orders?
Your Rights Online: Pirate Bay P2P Trial Begins In Sweden
News: Spiraling Skyscraper Farms For a Future Manhattan
Linux: Microsoft and Red Hat Team Up On Virtualization
News: How Many Open Source Licenses Do You Need?
News: New York Wants To Tax Internet Downloads
Science: Earth Under Threat From Dark Comets
Technology: Nuclear Subs 'Collide In Ocean'
Your Rights Online: Facebook's New Terms of Service

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